A new programme of business support is being launched to help town centre businesses trade safely and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12-week programme will help support the self-employed, pre-start, start-up and small businesses across all industries.
Online workshops, networking events, business clinics and one-to-one support will be offered free of charge to enable local businesses to access expert advice from specialist consultants.
The support will cover a range of issues including digitalisation, creating a new business model for growth, and the impact of Brexit on importing and exporting. The support will be provided online and is open to all businesses in the London Borough of Hounslow. Funding for this programme will be provided by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The coming weeks and months will continue to be very challenging, and businesses in Hounslow are having to work very hard to adapt to this difficult environment. That’s why we’re announcing today’s extra support to help local businesses access the funding and specialist advice they need to put their businesses on a more sustainable footing.
“Hounslow Council has very ambitious plans to support the recovery of the borough as we come out of the pandemic. Central to that vision is thriving local businesses, so I want to say again to the self-employed and local businesses: we’re here for you. We will continue to listen to your needs as we work through this crisis together and we’ll deliver more support wherever there is the opportunity to do so.”